Category Archives: Trip Report

DTK 3.2 | WINTER’S RETURN

Episode 3.2 rewinds back to a few of our mid-winter 2013 splitboarding missions. With a solid snowpack in place, we dug deeper into spots that had previously left us broken and battered. From posting up in a remote cabin to pre and post workday missions, we’ve been burning the headlamps at both ends to take full advantage of the best conditions the east coast has seen all winter. Boot up checkyourpins.com for photos and more, and stay tuned for the Chic Chocs in episode three.

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LIFE AFTER UKKO.

Was this weekend Old Man Winter’s last fluffy dump? It sure was a wintery one in Northern VT, with no signs of spring.  Ukko was good, but the nameless flakes that fell this past weekend were better, deeper, and lighter. Fighting an Ukko induced allergic reaction to tracks, the only known cure was an unannounced weekend of White Chambers®.

Hey, shoot a photo with this in the background.

Hey, shoot a photo with this in the background.

Yeah, that ice.

Yeah, that ice.


Video from GoPro Hero3 & iPhone.

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG… A LEAK

Traditionally, March is the most powdery month of the year. Over the past few seasons, this hasn’t been the case and the pre-mature demise of winter has left us yearning for more time in the White Chamber®. This March got off to another poor start, with over an inch of rain blanketing the mountains, followed by temps dropping close to 0ºF and locking up the snowpack. Thankfully, the cold temps have helped relaunch winter. This past weekend left close to a foot of stellars and the high elevation woods were riding great.

With the ice covered up, it looks like another storm this week could put us in great shape to close out March. Let’s hope this pattern keeps up!

The new snow was riding great if you knew where the wind piled it up.

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INTO THE FOREST | DTK 3.1

Winter is short enough on the East Coast. Add multiple thaws, every form of frozen precip, and shrapnel-filled forests and it’s enough to make us wonder why we even bother. Episode 3.1 documents the first half of the season splitboarding in Vermont—a season that’s been full of highs and lows, but then again any day on snow is a good one.

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PRESIDENTIAL POWDER

Hour long lift lines? Logo riddled Starter jackets? Jeans and sunglasses? Step-ins and jester hats? Yup, its a holiday weekend. This Presidents Day weekend was preceded by a week long thaw that melted low elevation snow, but placed several feet of new snow along the spine of the Greens. Avoiding the crowds, we dipped into many high elevation nooks and crannies in search of a powder harvest fit for a president.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

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HEADING NORTH PT. 2

The second installment of our trip to the Chic Chocs puts us a few days deep on a week of earning it in early March during the low-tide winter of 2012. 30km from the truck and 12 hours north of Vermont, we’re yurt-living and stacking vert deep in the wilds of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula with guides Francois and Bruno of Vertigo Adventures. However, even this far north; we still can’t shake that fickle east coast weather. Mother Nature may throw us a curveball, but we don’t strike out.

BLUEBIRD POW

Bluebird powder day? On the East Coast? In November? You betcha. A solid 8-10″ was dropped on Vermont’s high peaks Thursday evening. Friday morning came with crystal clear skies, light winds, bitter cold temps, and lots of new snow. We busted out a few lift serviced runs, then grabbed the split for a few laps off the beaten path.

DUSTING THE RUST

It was a long summer. We did our best to keep in shape with biking and hiking, but nothing can keep those skinning muscles free of rust. After some record breaking warmth, it looks like we are finally in a prolonged cold pattern – great for making snow. Before the resort opens to the masses, it was time to break through the rust, stretch out the lungs, and find the glide.

Beautiful dawn light silhouetting Mount Mansfield.

Making our way through the remnants of foliage season. Snow in the distance.

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HEADING NORTH PT. 1

DTK – Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 2

Unless we get a late season dump, the storm of February 25th will be remembered as the best of a lackluster season in New England.  A few days after maximizing the snow in Vermont we headed north to the Chic Chocs on the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec, Canada.  We left early to complete the double-digit windshield hours and follow the shores of the St. Lawrence to the northeast.  A night in a cheap motel and a few Tim Hortons stops later we sorted our gear and set off to explore some terrain and ride with Vertigo Adventures, a guiding operation suppossedly light on frills but heavy on vert and powder at the northern end of the Appalachian range.


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CHASING IT DOWN

Check Your Pins Episode 2.1

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While some are calling this the “winter that never was,” for those willing to put in the work, there have been no shortage of good days. Ice, crust, and dust are the ingredients we’re left to work with here in New England, but when the recipe is right, it’s fun no matter what. Chasing the snow has been what this winter is all about, and we’ll be following it until the mountains run dry.